Listening to: Akatsuki no Yona – Kunihiko Ryo (Akatsuki no Yona OST)
Minor spoilers follow for Rokka no Yuusha, Chaos Dragon, Overlord, and Sky Wizards Academy.
Occasionally Diverting: Sometimes, I Don’t Write About Anime. (This is not one of those times.)
After finally finishing up all of my reviews for the past season of anime, I decided that the best thing to do would be to start preparing for my next rash of reviews. If the premise of a show is interesting enough to grab my attention, then I’m on board for the long haul, no matter how much I may want to jump off. Sure, this might have meant that I suffered through the entirety of Aldnoah.Zero, but I won’t make the same mistake as one of my friends–who quit watching Code Geass right before the end of the first season because she was convinced that they were starting a filler arc. (She has since learned the error of her ways.) If a show suddenly becomes good, I want to stay on top of it, gosh darn it.
So, without further ado, here’s what I’m following this season…
Rokka no Yuusha (Braves of the Six Flowers)
I saw the description for this one and immediately decided “YES, WITHOUT QUESTION.” I like the idea of a group of heroes fighting against demons, especially if there’s an element of mystery involved as to exactly what some of their motivations are. And the Mesoamerican aesthetic is fantastic.
Sure, the costumes might be a bit fanservicey, but they do a better job of being equal-opportunity (Goldov’s abs. YES.) and don’t pour as much focus into it as other shows, so I’m not really bothered by it. The protagonist is a typical arrogant shonen hero, but at least people are calling him out on it. I’ve never seen a fantasy story quite like this before, and I’m eager to see where it goes.
Random sidenote: Adlet and Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu!‘s Tailred definitely get their hair done at the same place. The resemblance is uncanny.
Chaos Dragon (Sekiryuu Senyaku)
This is what happens when you get a bunch of famous character designers (including Fate/Stay Night’s Nasu and Fate/Zero’s Urobuchi) together and tell them to go ham on a tabletop game. BAD THINGS. I’m enjoying the suspense of trying to figure out who’s going to get killed off next. However, I’m still a little bit foggy on what exactly the motivations of the Powers That Be in the setting are.
This has the potential to go either way. With the way things are going, half the cast will probably be dead by the end… but whether that’s legitimately effective or just a cheap ploy will depend on how exactly they pull it off.
…this is probably the most non-standard protagonist design ever. Of all time.
Following in the grand tradition of .hack, Sword Art Online, and Log Horizon comes another anime about a protagonist trapped inside a video game. Surrounded by his loyal NPC followers (some of them a bit… too loyal), he decides to conquer the world. Like ya do.
I’m very entertained by the main character of this, especially the dissonance between his inner monologue (typical protagonist fare) and the outer appearance that he strives to cultivate in front of his minions (a dread overlord with powers on-par with a god). It’s especially amusing when he catches himself slipping out of character and scrambles to keep up.
I’m not entirely sold on the whole unholy love triangle that’s going on… but Momonga seems to be savvy enough to try to ignore it as much as possible. We’ll see if that ends up changing later on. On the plus side, he does seem to have a working knowledge of the principles of active consent, even when he was under the impression that he was dealing with programs rather than an actual succubus. So, um, points to him for that.
Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan (Sky Wizards Academy)
In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have expected much from an anime starring Definitely Not Kirito. But, fool that I was, I thought that I might get something with a story. Instead I got… fanservice. And more fanservice. *noises of curmudgeonly disapproval*
It disappoints me, because somewhere under the layers of cheesecake is a legitimately interesting show trying to claw its way out. There are moments of genuinely funny comedy, and a few plots that would be interesting if they weren’t surrounded by scantily-clad… middle schoolers? Agh.
Anyhow, that rounds off my thoughts for the week. Next week I’ll be tackling music as a medium of expressing story and character–look forward to it! Signing off, until then!
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I learned how to make animated gifs for the sake of this single joke. I’m not proud of what I did. …well, I sort of am.